Arkansas State University-Newport’s Chancellor will retire at the end of 2020


ASU-Newport named Dr. Sandra Massey its second chancellor in September 2013.

Since then, Dr. Massey has dedicated the past seven years of her career to supporting ASUN’s mission of providing an accessible, affordable, quality education that transforms the lives of students, enriches communities, and strengthens the regional economy.

Serving more than two-and-half decades in higher education, Dr. Massey is a decorated scholar and advocate for student success.

She led ASU-Newport to its highest enrollment ever in 2015 with 2,533 students. Furthermore, Dr. Massey supported the growth and extension of ASUN services to high school students through the IGNITE Academy and to the prison population with Second Chance Pell.

While supporting prison education, Dr. Massey also initiated the first on-campus prison classes allowing qualified individuals to learn skills in Welding and Diesel Technology.

ASU-Newport’s flagship campus is located on a former Army base. The Newport Army Air Field was once home to thousands of people as they lived and worked on the base in Jackson County. This homage to history and community is just one way Dr. Massey showed her community support across ASUN’s three campus locations.

The ASU-Newport community will miss Dr. Massey dearly. Known for leading with heart, Dr. Massey always encouraged work/life balance and encouraged her faculty and staff to take risks.

She leaves a lasting legacy at ASU-Newport that will no doubt catapult ASUN into a bright future.

The search for ASU-Newport’s third chancellor is already underway.

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